NABOKV-L post 0003352, Sat, 5 Sep 1998 10:28:24 -0700

Re: Morris articlein NYBR Bookend, Aug 23, 98 (fwd)
From: Jeff Edmunds <>
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@UCSBVM.UCSB.EDU>
Subject: Re: NYBR Bookend, Aug 23, 98 (fwd)

>From Jeff Edmunds <>:

What in the world is 'lepidopteral prodigality'?

>Morris also praises herein "Appel's fascinatingly detailed annotated
>and says, that on his eighth reading he "was, as usual, in a state of deep
>despair over the impossibility of ever writing a sentence that could compare
>with any of the flashing, floating lines that Nabokov released with such
>lepidopteral prodigality: at the bottom of the hill, in the summer dusk, a
>furry warmth, golden midges." Actually, not bad. And "Notwithstanding my love
>for Dolores Haze, I had to agree, as 'Ulysses' began to rise like a great
>whale [!] to the top of our subsequent polls, that no other novel of the
>century bulks as large, or gives off such wild underwater music."